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Prisoners don't deserve the right to vote, say readers

The vast majority of Leicester Mercury readers believe prisoners should not be given the vote, according to an online poll. We set up a vote on our thisisleicestershire website ahead of yesterday's...

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Drivers stranded by floodwaters after heavy rain in Leicestershire

Firefighters were still rescuing stranded drivers from their vehicles yesterday following the downpour on Wednesday. Several motorists ended up having to call 999 after trying to drive along flooded...

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Getaway driver tried to get friend to threaten witnesses

A burglar has been jailed for four years after trying to get a friend to intimidate witnesses who saw him in a getaway car. Scott Coleman (30) rang his wife from prison, while on remand awaiting trial....

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£4m owed by collapsed Leicestershire builder Hallam Contracts

Dozens of building workers are owed tens of thousands of pounds after the collapse of a major construction firm. Hallam Contracts, of Oadby, went into administration yesterday after experiencing...

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One way traffic around Leicester's Cultural Quarter altered to ease traffic

The one-way traffic system around Leicester's Cultural Quarter is to be altered for six months in an experiment to see if it helps visitors get in and out of the area. Businesses in the St George's...

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Boxing: Rendall Munroe hungry to finish off the job he started so well

Little has changed since the night of June 16 for either Rendall Munroe or Scott Quigg. But if anything, the prospect of the pair squaring up tomorrow night with the interim WBA super-bantamweight...

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Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy handed task of shooting down his idols...

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy is set for an emotional return to Hillsborough tomorrow. The striker is favourite to replace top-scorer David Nugent, who has been ruled out of the Championship clash...

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Lutterworth's Alice Smith fired by Lord Sugar in Young Apprentice

Lutterworth's Alice Smith was fired by Lord Sugar from the Young Apprentice last night. The 17-year-old was project manager for the losing team after their 1940s themed tea party failed to make the...

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Report says death of 10-month-old Taliqa Fields could not have been prevented

The death of a baby at the hands of her mother's boyfriend could not have been "predicted or prevented", according to a report published today.A serious case review into the death of 10-month-old...

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Gang who stole £1m worth of cars across Notts and East Midlands jailed

Members of a gang who stole cars from homes across the Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands, shipping some to Africa and using others to commit crime, have today been sent to prison for a total of 24...

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Woman is found with serious injuries in a Leicester road

A woman has been taken to hospital after she was found seriously injured in a road. The woman, who is in her early 20s, was discovered in Holy Bones, off Vaughan Way, Leicester city centre at 8.20pm...

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Man jailed for 18 years after torturing his girlfriend and holding her...

A 24-year-old man has today been jailed for 18 years after he tortured his girlfriend and held her captive for a week .The defendant, who can not be named for legal reasons, was found guilty by a jury...

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Shops go on watch following robberies

Two robberies have prompted a group of shopkeepers to sign up to a crime-fighting group. Retailers in The Lanes, which includes St Martin's Square, are being encouraged to join the Citywatch scheme...

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Drummer Tony's workshop inspires young music-makers

An 83-year-old drummer who has performed with Elton John, Tom Jones and Michael Jackson led a musical workshop to inspire children to take up an instrument. Queniborough Primary School pupils cheered...

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Let's get ready to rumble!

One of Leicester's most popular sporting personalities, Rendall Munroe, the "Boxing Binman", enters the ring tonight for a fight which rates as one of the most important of his career. If he wins, he...

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Judge praises victim of boyfriend's cruelty

A jealous man who tortured his girlfriend and held her captive for a week has been jailed for 18 years. The sadistic 24-year-old was found guilty by a jury at Leicester Crown Court of inflicting...

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Waste site scheme rejected

Plans to build a large waste recycling plant have been rejected. Bakers Waste's application to relocate from Glen Parva to a site in South Wigston was rejected on Thursday. Leicestershire County...

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Car theft gang jailed

Members of a gang which stole 60 high-value cars have been jailed. The 14 men, including two from Leicestershire, broke into homes to steal the keys to models including BMWs, Audis and Range Rovers....

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Girls collect petition opposing bus lanes

Two girls have handed in a petition against plans for bus lanes on a main road. Ellise Smith, 10, and Natalie Field, nine, said proposals for bus lanes along the A426 between Blaby and the city centre...

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Young people take over county's top jobs for the day

Youngsters stepped into the shoes of bosses for the annual Takeover Day. About 100 children and teenagers spent the day with politicians and key staff at Leicester City Council as part of the event....

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